A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Job Opportunity: Community Growing

Community Growing Projects Worker with OrganicLea Workers’ Cooperative

*The deadline for applying for this role has been extended until 5pm on Friday 29 January.

*Please also note that because of the Covid situation we cannot be entirely clear when this role will start. We hope that the successful applicant would be able to start in post in March. However if strict Covid restrictions continue we may have to review this. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We are looking for someone to join our workers’ co-operative and support our work within communities – based from our food growing hub at the Hawkwood Plant Nursery in Chingford. This work takes food growing and learning into community spaces where people live, work, and play. We are looking for a range of skills in project coordination, community partnership work and a strong track record of spotting opportunities and making things happen. Can you take a chance, run with an idea and grow community through food growing?

If you are motivated by using food growing to build personal resilience and bridges between communities, and seeing once-empty spaces productive and flourishing, then we could have the role for you.

This is a varied role working as part of the Community Growing and Young People’s team within OrganicLea, where project strands include food growing and gardening for health and wellbeing, building resilient communities, improving biodiversity and environmental projects working with young people.

The focus of this role is building resilient communities through food growing, working with residents across Waltham Forest and other local boroughs. We have the following projects funded between now and September 2021 which will form the initial work in the role:

  • Coordinating a neighbourhood greening projects in Tottenham and Walthamstow
  • Coordinating the design and build of a community garden on a housing estate in Enfield
  • Developing youth social action greening projects in Waltham Forest

The role will involve ongoing strategic partnership with local councils to continue developing food growing strategies in their boroughs.

More detailed tasks and responsibilities, the skills and qualities we are seeking, are set out in the Job Description & Person Specification. A separate document sets out How to Apply.

Please send completed applications to sunniva@organiclea.org.uk

New deadline for applications is Friday 29 January 2021 at 5pm.




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